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Partners and Progress: Bringing 1863 Back to Life at Gettysburg

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By Joy M. Oakes, Senior Director, Mid-Atlantic Region Twenty years ago, a 307-foot-high observation tower loomed over the historic battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Utility lines laced the sky, Civil War-era artillery carriages rusted in the fields, and the “Home, Sweet Home” motel welcomed overnight guests on the fields of Pickett’s Charge. Visitors crammed the park visitor center and parking lots [...]

Posted on: April 7 2014
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Trivia Challenge: Guess This Park-Inspired Poet

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Q: What famed 19th century poet was inspired to serve as a nurse during the Civil War after spending time at Chatham Manor at what is now the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park?   A: Leaves of Grass author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) arrived at Chatham Manor, a makeshift Civil War hospital, in December of 1862. He was in search of [...]

Posted on: April 2 2014
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Clean Water Is the Solution, Not the Problem

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By Theresa Pierno, Chief Operating Officer Everyone has a right to clean water. Recently, 21 states—many located hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from the Chesapeake—joined the Farm Bureau in efforts to derail the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, a plan for restoring clean water in Chesapeake streams and rivers that went into effect last year. Why? Because elected [...]

Posted on: February 19 2014
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Laying the Groundwork: Reclaiming D.C.’s “Forgotten River”

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By Ed Stierli, Chesapeake Field Representative Imagine having a beautiful river in your backyard, but being afraid to enjoy it. The Anacostia has a bad reputation in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as one of the nation’s most endangered rivers. Suffering from heavy pollution and a lack of interest, some locals have dubbed the Anacostia the “forgotten river.” Thankfully, community advocates [...]

Posted on: February 11 2014
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Are You Ready for a Bike Challenge to Help Protect Our National Parks?

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By Ben Sander, Travel Program Coordinator Do you have what it takes to be a bike crusader for national parks? I wasn’t sure if I did. Two years ago, the thought of riding my bike for 325 miles over five days from New York to Washington, D.C. was daunting—but taking part in the Climate Ride turned out to be an [...]

Posted on: January 29 2014
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